Seeking shelter from the lashing rain and gales that battered on the windows, I set up some backlit shots of autumnal leaves. After taking a number of Straight shots, I started to make tears in the leaf surface. These fractures, in my mind, created a sense of tension and unease. The ordered pattern of the leaf structure is punctuated by the lightning strike while the rich colours are split by the black hole. Sometimes it is good to try new approaches to familiar subjects and on this occasion it was a more attractive prospect than battling the elements outside. Photo © copyright by Graham Chalmers.